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December 12th, 2005


College Basketball: Players of the Week


Official conference Players of the Week compiled on  More added as they are released by the conferences.


Co Atlantic 10 - De'Angelo Alexander - Charlotte, Junior, F
In Charlotte's only game of the week, Alexander scored a career-high 32 points and handed out four assists in an 80-77 loss to Valparaiso on Dec. 10...was 11-18 (.611) from the field, including 7-10 (.700) from three, and 3-3 (1.000) from the line...his seven three-pointers were one shy of the Halton Arena record...he also had three rebounds and a steal.
Co Atlantic 10 - Pops Mensah-Bonsu - George Washington, Senior, F
In three George Washington wins, Mensah-Bonsu averaged 14.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocked shots...he began the week with nine points,  eight boards, and three blocks  in a 78-70 win over No. 21 Maryland on Dec. 5...he followed that with 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in a 70-45 win over Florida International on Dec. 8...he then posted 18 points, 11 rebounds, and seven blocks in a 102-75 win at Morgan State on Dec. 10...shot 14-21 (.667) from the field and 14-26 (.538) from the line for the week.


Big South - Chris Oliver, Radford, F, Jr.

Oliver averaged 22.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in three games last week, notching two double-doubles and narrowly missing a third.  He posted 17 points and 11 rebounds at Hampton, scored 26 points and 14 rebounds in a win over Virginia Intermont, and concluded the week with 24 points and nine boards at George Mason, which had a considerable size advantage on Oliver in the paint.  Oliver went 10-of-15 ( =.667) from the floor against Virginia Intermont, and improved upon that with a 9-of-13 effort ( =.692) at Mason.  For the week, Oliver averaged 6.0 offensive rebounds, .578 from the field, including .444 from three-point range (4-of-9), and added 2.0 assists per game for the Highlanders.

Co Big 12 - Rahshon Clark, Iowa State, F, So., 6-6, 190
Clark scored 21.5 points per game in two Iowa State victories last week. The sophomore forward began with a career-high 26 points versus Drake to help ISU to its fifth road win (89-74) in its last six tries dating back to last season. He was 10-of-15 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc. Against No. 12 Iowa, he finished with 17 points and three steals in a 72-60 victory. Clark is 11-of-18 from 3-point range in his last three games.

Co Big 12 - Thomas Gardner, Missouri, G, Jr., 6-5
Gardner scored 30 points in each of Missouri's two games last week, tallying a career-high in both contests. The junior guard connected on 13-of-22 shots from 3-point range, including 8-of-14 in a 82-73 loss at Davidson. He grabbed a career-best four steals versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, including a theft with five second remaining to seal the win (82-81). In addition to 30.0 points per game, Gardner also averaged 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals for the week.


Colonial Athletic - Dominick Mejia, Drexel, G, Jr.

Mejia led the Dragons to a 61-42 upset victory against Old Dominion, the preseason favorite in the CAA. Mejia scored a career-high 27 points and made seven three-pointers in the victory. He was 9-for-19 from the floor, 7-for-12 from long range and grabbed four rebounds. Earlier in the week, Mejia had 21 points in the teamís victory against James Madison. He made 10 of his 12 shots from the free-throw line. For the week, Mejia averaged 24 points and five rebounds and shot .476 from behind the three-point stripe.


Mid-Con - Larry Owens, Oral Roberts, G/F, Sr.

Owens, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, led the Golden Eagles (5-3) to a 1-1 week, including a win over Northern Colorado on Sunday. He averaged 19.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks in two games. He also had the hot hand from the field, shooting 80 percent thanks to a 16-for-20 effort from the field. In 72 minutes of action last week, Owens committed just two turnovers. He was also a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.


Missouri Valley - Eric Coleman, Northern Iowa, C, So.

Coleman averaged a double-double in two games last week, with 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds. In UNIís 67-63 overtime win over No. 12 Iowa on Dec. 6, he scored a game-high 19 points and grabbed six rebounds, hitting 8-of-14 shots from the field. In the Panthersí 87-64 win over UMKC on Dec. 10, Coleman scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds, hitting 6-of-8 shots from the floor. For the week, Coleman hit 14-of-22 shots from the field (.636).


Northeast - Jarrid Frye, Sacred Heart, Jr., G, 6-3
With Frye providing the impetus, the Pioneers posted a 3-0 record last week to move to within one game of the .500 mark.  Frye, a 6-3 guard, scored 20 points or more in all three contests and nearly averaged a double-double with 21.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.  He also shot 48.8 percent from the field and made 24 free throws in three outings to take home his first-ever Choice Hotels NEC Rookie of the Week honor.  In a 76-62 win over Army on Monday, Frye scored 22 points and pulled down five boards as Sacred Heart snapped a four-game losing skid.  He went on to tally his first double-double of the year with a career-high tying 23 points, along with a career-best 15 rebounds and four steals in a 66-55 triumph over Lehigh two days later.  The Queens native put the finishing touches on his week on Saturday, amassing 20 points and eight caroms as the Pioneers went on the road to defeat St. Francis (PA) in their NEC opener, 74-72.  With the score deadlocked at 72-72, Frye clinched the victory when he dribbled the length of the court and converted a layup with just five seconds left on the clock.  On the season, Frye ranks third in the league in scoring (16.6 ppg), fifth in rebounding (8.0 rpg), 14th in assists (3.0 apg) and 11th in blocks (0.8 bpg).


Pac 10 - Gabe Pruitt, USC, G, So.

USC sophomore guard Gabe Pruitt was named the U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week following his performance in USCís 71-69 victory over Loyola Marymount.  Pruitt, who hails from Los Angeles, posted a career-high 36 points on 13-of-19 (.769) shooting from the field, including 5-of-10 from three-point range. He added seven rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and three steals. He scored eight of USCís final nine points to hold off Loyola Marymount. It was just the 22nd time a USC player had scored 36 or more points in its 100-year history, and the 12th player to score at least 36 points in a game.

SEC - CJ Watson Tennessee, G, 6-2, 176, Sr..
* Watson led all scorers with a season-high 23 points in Tennessee's come-from-behind win over Appalachian State, 89-81.
* He tied his career-high for field goals (7) and 3-pointers (5) and went 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 1:24 of the game.
* Watson hit a key 3-pointer with 3:19 left in the game to stop an Appalachian State rally that had cut the Vols lead to three points.
* His three steals moved him into fifth place on UT's career lists with 152.
* Is shooting 55.8 percent (24-of-43) from the field and leads the Vols with his 61.9 percent (13-of-21) 3-point shooting this season.
* Leads the Vols with 5.6 apg and is tied for the team lead with 2.6 spg.

Southland - Clifton Lee, Northwestern State, Sr., F, 6-7, 220

Lee averaged  20 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 blocks in two wins for Northwestern State last week. He sank 68 percent (17-25) of his shots from the field, including 50 percent (3-6) on three-point shots and 3-of-5 free throws, while leading the Demons in scoring and rebounding in wins at Oklahoma State and over a 7-2 Division II Harding team. Lee became the 25th Northwestern State player to pass the career 1,000 point mark late in last Monday night's 68-64 victory at Oklahoma State. That triumph snapped a 44-game homecourt winning streak for the Cowboys vs. non-conference visitors dating back to 1998, and was only the second Gallagher-Iba Arena defeat in 107 games and 16 seasons under coach Eddie Sutton to a team outside the Big 8/Big 12. Against Harding in an 89-61 win, Lee hit his first seven shots before missing his final attempt and he led the team in scoring (16), rebounding (10) and assists (6) while playing 23 minutes.


WAC - Jaycee Carroll, Utah State, G, So.

Carroll, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Evanston, Wyo., averaged 23.5 points last week as he shot 58.6 percent from the field and 47.1 percent from three-point range in leading the Aggies to wins against Middle Tennessee (79-61) and Weber State (69-60).  Against Middle Tennessee, he scored 17 points to go along with three rebounds and two steals as he was 7-13 from the field and 3-6 from
three-point range.  Against Weber State, he scored a career-high 30 points and added three rebounds and two assists as he was 10-16 from the field, 5-11 from three-point range, and 5-6 from the free throw line.  On the season, Carroll leads the team and ranks second in the WAC in scoring at 20.0 points per game.  He also ranks second in the league in three-point shooting (46.3) and fifth in field goal percentage (54.3).


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